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    Re: Getting stick for locking down staff laptops

    We lock down teacher laptops, so far as they even have to ask permission from line managers to get us (IT techs) to give them admin rights to install broadband on there laptops.

    1. Teacher sacked accessing inappropriate materials
    2. Teacher suspended following enquires about running a business abroad via school equipment while at home. Also some school time use to manager stocks and shares. Looks like he will resign, as a multial agreement between his union and the head
    3. Teacher used to let son use laptop for MSN, IM and general surfing. Not suspended, but had to give up laptop for good.
    4. Teacher accessing inappropriate material in school time, excessive internet use within school. laptop removed

    We are pleased with how our SLT/SMT react when matters arise so our staff tend to be responsible.

    Speak to your Head if you are getting stick, or the person who allocates laptops?

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    Re: Getting stick for locking down staff laptops

    Thanks for all the views. I think the temporary granting of local admin sounds like a good way of getting round the "setting up my broadband at home" plague which we seem to have here at the moment. Other than that i'll have to see how it goes. We do seem to be getting less (if none at all) issues with locked down laptops technically, but maybe it's because they aren't using them for their porn and crapware?

    I wonder how staff laptop issues are dealt with under BSF? I can't see them providing unlocked laptops somehow :s

    scrogg: We have an LEA wide agreement for Sophos endpoint. Whilst I deploy the firewall onto all laptops and PC's it is not yet configured as I haven't got round to it yet.

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    Re: Getting stick for locking down staff laptops

    "i cant install my home broadband on my school laptop"
    Buy a router.

    We currently only support staff home broadband installs if they buy a decent router, usually just a netgear or D-link, as no install required and we make sure they have security setup.

    we've decided to deep freeze our new staff laptops and have them all setup to a pre-defined standard, with access to everything staff need for theirday to day lives. Occasionally we may have to add some software to it, and re-freeze the laptop but it seems to be working better than giving them local admin access, no more limewire on our school lappies.

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    Re: Getting stick for locking down staff laptops

    In my view Laptops for staff [ the majority, not director of studies and a few other important roles ] are nothing more than a status symbol.
    It's a classic case of - ' I have a laptop, therefore I am either better or more important than you '

    Laptops in my opinion are a nightmare to manage, they go missing, they get stolen, they break easily, they get lent to other members of the family who then install or try and install crap on them. Teachers who have them never seem to bring them back into the school. Blah Blah Blah - I could go on. /RANT over.

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    Re: Getting stick for locking down staff laptops

    The best one we ever had was a teachers son 'upgraded' the laptop he had been given to XP. We only knew this after he brought in and asked us if we knew why it was running slowly and where his programs had gone. This laptop was one of the original Laptop for Teachers HiGrade models so you can imagine the speed of it. I think 15 mins to startup isn't an over estimation!

    Ohh how we laughed.

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    Re: Getting stick for locking down staff laptops

    Quote Originally Posted by mattx
    Laptops in my opinion are a nightmare to manage, they go missing, they get stolen, they break easily, they get lent to other members of the family who then install or try and install crap on them. Teachers who have them never seem to bring them back into the school. Blah Blah Blah - I could go on. /RANT over.
    I agree with pretty much all of that! We had one come in the other day which was 4 years old and had been used...... once! We have a one-or-the-other policy: they can have them on the Internet at home or plug them into the network here.

    The fad for staff laptops seems to have passed here really, coinciding strangely with the prevalence of home DVD players. Those that do use them for serious work are generally more than happy with offline files but no internet at home.

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    Locked Down

    With SMT's approval I supply locked down laptops to staff.

    With the proliferation of wireless in homes there is no need for staff to install crappy usb adsl modems etc. The school's policy is this - have wireless or don't use the internet at home.

    I supply my teaching staff with instructions on how to connect the laptops, and a tool to clear the schools proxy settings.

    So far, so good. I have had issues with some older members of staff getting upset that they can't install itunes etc, but I'm firlmy of the opionion that I need to keep an eye on software on laptops as it is my neck on the line.

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    Full admin rights here.

    I get to call in the laptops at anytime and I just re-image them. They are told this when they get them and sign on the dotted line.

    I have been known to call the same laptop twice a week for three weeks running until the said staff member got the message.

    1) Laptops are given on merit - if you cannot show you are making good use of them - you lose them. Constant offenders (like above) are given a month - after which they are taken away and given to someone else.

    2) Staff must pay for the damage - one staff member gave hers up after paying for a new screen. (dropped)

    3) They cannot 'log on to our network' but use the internet (with Securus) at home and at school. We also have wedav access to files on our network and we also use ePortal - so no problems there.

    4) Most have learnt to email us when they try some new software - mainly to stop 'The Wheel of Mis-Fortune' when I call them in. Some have got clever and bring them in after the software trial so I can re-image them without any hassle.

    5) Power supplies are always a problem and our staff guard them with their life, as we charge them for any loses - If its not in the bag when it lands on my desk - they get the bill. 'At home' or 'I lent it to so and so' is not acceptable. (The same for mice, patch leads and VGA cables.)

    6) My Headmaster & Director of ICT see them as a luxury item that the school pays good money for. They want 'Best Use' from them and have made the rules - I just implement them.

    7) Every staff member gets a 2GB pen drive (free) to assist in their work & are used to backup laptops whilst I image them.

    8) If they land on my desk and the staff member has NOT backed up their work, and they ask me - THEY MUST donate a prize for one of our student competitions - i.e. £10 Woolworths or HMV voucher, etc, etc OR they lose the lot. Their choice.

    My Headmaster & Director of ICT are fantastic...........

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